Sample Daily Schedule – Wellness and Writing Retreats

We are only successful when we are at peace. (Photo by Josh Bowen)

A typical day at the retreat: (All activities listed are included in program price)

What follows is a sample daily schedule. The retreat is about you, and so it is your choice what you do or do not do. The retreat experience is highly customizable. Many participants come primarily for either yoga or creative writing, and many choose to come to have some dedicated time for themselves, to travel and retreat to an empowering, relaxed setting. In many cases, participants find themselves delving into new activities simply because they are so available.

Morning:

Each day begins with yoga, followed by an optional silent breakfast. The early morning is a time for quiet self-reflection and gratitude.

We will spend some time following breakfast focusing on life goals and transformational self-assessment writing exercises. During this time, in a peak emotional state from the morning yoga, you get to envision a best-case scenario for your life, including the territory you will be exploring in further writing, reading and discussion with the coordinators and your peers.

Afternoon:

There will be a delicious lunch, followed by some free time to explore the estate, relax, or work on your creative projects. Instruction will be given for painting and creative writing, and participants are free to participate in either class. An hour or so before dinner an additional yoga class will be offered. There will be time afterward to shower, relax and get dressed for dinner.

Always be either completely productive or completely relaxed.

Evening:

Both before and after dinner your coordinators will meet with you one-on-one to discuss and help you with your personal project as well as to discuss strategies and techniques for achieving your goals. Dinner will be glorious, delicious and healthy. After dinner there will be time to read, reflect, relax and enjoy.

Sample Personal Schedule:

7:30 – Yoga and breathwork
9:00 – Silent breakfast, followed by a craft talk
10:00 – Nature walk
1:00 – Lunch, followed by a discussion on writing
2:00 – Wellness and creative writing time
6:00 – Afternoon yoga, painting, writing or one on one sessions
7:00 – Dinner in the open-air courtyard
8:30 – Post-dinner critique session outside in the garden

The retreat is flexible. If you prefer to spend more time relaxing, you won’t be pressured. The guiding philosophy of the retreat activities is to always be either completely productive or completely relaxed. Both are important facets to living a fulfilled life.

Activity Descriptions:

Creative Writing and Goal Setting: Stephen has a remarkable ability to connect with your vision, encouraging you to be grounded in the present while looking ahead. Whether you are a new to writing or an experienced professional, be prepared to be refreshed by guidance and critiques that you have never before considered from an artistic mind adept in the fields of writing and creativity. His greatest desire is to convince you to do what is in your best interest and live true to your nature, no matter what.

Painting in nature creates deep bonds between person and place.

Painting: Jade is a lively, much-celebrated painter and has the joyful expertise you need to help you through any struggles you may have. Anyone who has worked with Jade attests to her brilliance and energy; she has an intrinsic knack at identifying the most invigorating parts of a work of art to get you re-centered and productive. Her years of artistic practice have taken her to both representational and abstract work of various media. You’ll quickly come to trust Jade’s ability to see where you need to go in your artwork.

Yoga: Each yoga class is taught by Jade, who is trained in Pranakriya Tantra Hatha Yoga and a variety of fitness yoga traditions. They will combine pranayama (breath work) and ancient yoga traditions with modern alignment and fitness expertise. The class will accommodate your needs, whether you are brand new to yoga or already skilled. Jade focuses on her participants and gives each of them support and attention. The classes will lengthen and strengthen your muscles, increase your body awareness and tranquility, calm your mind and raise your energy. You will be smiling and heartfelt, feeling expanded and full of life at the beginning of each day.